High Notes, Vol 19 No 3, February 16 2018

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From the Principal

The school year has begun well with the School Swimming Carnival and the Year 7 Transition Week and the Year 7 camp. I hope all new students have settled in well. If you have any queries, don’t hesitate to call me on 96629300 or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

The Co-Curricular Supervision Levy   

In order for us to run a six-day school with after-hours activities for 15 sports, debating, music, chess, tournament of minds, ‘philosothon’ and Da Vinci Decathlon, we need to provide a teacher/ MIC / manager for organisation of the activity and supervision of staff and students to meet our duty of care obligations. Some parents are asking: ‘Why should I pay this co-curricular levy when I’m paying quite a lot in co-payments for a sport or activity for a season? The money raised from the levy is used to pay for the time that supervising teachers/MICs have to spend: hiring and managing coaches, organising teams, fixtures and venues, buying and managing equipment, supervising coaches during training sessions, coordinating results recording / publishing, following up on attendance, awarding participation points in a text file, getting reports from captains, managing assemblies and dinners, as well as travelling and being there for competition fixtures on Friday nights or Saturdays. All these duties take time for which personnel must have some compensation, by way of time, money or a combination of both.

In addition, the levy is used to pay for health and safety services and equipment. Physiotherapy services are provided at certain venues and at selected times at school in the winter season to assess injuries to students. Also, an extra allowance is given to the Head Teacher Sport to manage the overall sports program. The levy has to meet the cost of running athletics and swimming programs which are provided free of charge to all students. The levy does not cover the running costs of sports – coaches’ fees, venue hire, equipment, consumables. All these have to be funded through co-payments.

To clarify why the levy is necessary and should be supported by all parents, I want to share with you the direct costs to the school of management, supervision and duty of care of sport and co-curricular activities. Staff members are remunerated by way of allowances (time free from face-to-face), or the period equivalent in money or a combination of the two. Non-teachers are paid the equivalent of the period allowance that would have been offered to teachers. The cost to the school for these services in 2018 will be $359,000. At its present level of support, the co-curricular supervision levy is contributing <30% of these supervision and management costs borne by the school and none of the coaching costs. The shortfall has to be made up from general contributions.  Please support the school and your sons in their sports by contributing to the Co-Curricular Supervision levy each year.

Early Bird Discount

Reminder to parents that there are just two weeks to go to take advantage of the early bird discount by paying the school invoices in full. As well as receiving a substantial saving you will also be really helping out the school in a stressful financial environment. Having > 55% of all our families pay all their invoices in full to receive the discount helps us to purchase the resources and services near the beginning of the year to maximise the benefit gained by all students. It also helps us to make timely payment of invoices for textbooks, resources or capital works that we have organised to be ready for student use at the beginning of the school year. If any parents are experiencing financial difficulties I urge them to contact me by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Weights Room Memberships

Less than two weeks remain for students to join the Weights Room. It is such a great program and offers a real opportunity for boys to increase their strength, fitness and self-confidence. All the routines are carefully matched to both the age and experience of the member. Our strength and fitness Coordinator, Kurt Rich, is highly qualified and attends nearly every session the Weights Room is open for student use. Costs for this service are held down to a minimum and reduced by boys taking out a full year’s membership. For 2018, a full year Weights Room membership costs just $246. Boys wishing to have full year membership must register and pay by Wednesday, February 28, 2018. There will be no extensions of time nor any other window of opportunity later in the year if you forget to pay on time.
Dr K A Jaggar

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